Monthly Archives: July 2012

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Panel attacks flood defence cuts

By |2012-07-11T10:12:52+00:00July 11th, 2012|News|

I have copied and pasted a very topical story from the BBC website below.

I am making my way around the Ottery Rural ward talking to people who may have been flooded and asking them if they need any help in getting straight.

I can’t help but wonder what effect the massive scale of development planned across the UK is going to have on flooding and insurance, in addition to the climate changes that we are experiencing. 

Even if flood plains are not built on, there are plenty of spongey fields soaking up rainfall that ARE being developed - and the water is going to be displaced elsewhere - it is as simple as that. 

Flooding can only become more commonplace as the UK becomes more developed.

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Campaigner calls on secretary of state to act over quarry

By |2012-07-11T09:56:50+00:00July 11th, 2012|News|

Following news of secretary of state for the environment, Caroline Spelman’s visit to Ottery St Mary after the sudden flooding event on Saturday, Straitgate quarry campaigner, Philip Algar wasted no time in sending her an email, highlighting the problems that a quarry at Straitgate Farm could cause. 

I have pasted it below.  Well done Philip!

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Widespread floods hit the Otter valley

By |2012-07-07T15:41:50+00:00July 7th, 2012|News|

Tipton St John, Ottery St Mary, Feniton and scores of other villages in and around Ottery have been hit by severe flooding last night and today.

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Appendix to East Devon Business Forum minutes - June 12

By |2012-07-06T11:27:06+00:00July 6th, 2012|News|

This paper, which East Devon Business Forum resolved to append to June’s minutes, was written by vice-chair, Roy Stuart (a major landowner, developer and former EDDC and Ottery St Mary Town Councillor) - here is the link - the text is in full below also.

http://www.eastdevon.gov.uk/edbf140512app.pdf

I have typed it exactly as it is written…...........

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EDDC’s response to my paper on Local Plan

By |2012-07-06T11:15:29+00:00July 6th, 2012|News|

This paper is from planning policy manager, Matt Dickins, who is a very good (and very helpful) officer.  We both acknowledge that we have a different view over this issue.

Mr Dickins has not commented over East Devon Business Forum’s influence and it would not be appropriate for him to do so. 

Therefore, I cannot accept the forum’s claims that his report has ‘robustly refuted’ my submission to the monitoring officer, Denise Lyon.

It is also relevant to note that Mrs Little was Head of Planning during the entire preparation period of the Local Plan (Mrs Little left EDDC for North Devon and Torridge councils last week).

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East Devon Business Forum’s influence over the Local Plan

By |2012-07-06T10:52:00+00:00July 6th, 2012|News|

I have copied and pasted below a report I submitted to EDDC’s Monitoring Officer during May. 

I have not published the report before because it is sensitive and I do not wish to be accused of political point scoring.  To me, this is much more serious because of its implications for the Local Plan. 

I believe it also raises questions about EDDC’s links with major developers and landowners in the district, which dominate the membership of East Devon Business Forum.  I appreciate that this can be a difficult balance to get right, but in this case I believe the balance was very far from right.

On Wednesday East Devon Business Forum’s latest minutes were published, link here: http://www.eastdevon.gov.uk/140612edbfmis.pdf,  where members debated my report and agreed on a response, which I will publish in a subsequent post. 

I will also publish planning policy manager, Matt Dickins’ response to my paper.

My full report is below.

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Fresh worry over new planning ‘free for all’

By |2012-07-06T10:40:56+00:00July 6th, 2012|News|

The story below is taken from Wednesday’s Daily Mail.

Just when we thought we had seen all the proposals for planning deregulation, we get more. 

The countryside appears to be under threat more than ever.

Not only that, but Government agencies that are consulted on planning applications such as Natural England, which has already had its influence curtailed, could now be held liable for costs at appeal.

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My blog likely to have been deliberately targeted

By |2012-07-04T21:04:46+00:00July 4th, 2012|News|

Following dozens of strange spam messages received yesterday and overnight, I have been informed by two computer experts that my blog is likely to have been deliberately targeted by someone.

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